Automatic Panoramas

All of the photos I take with my phone get automatically backed up to Google Photos, and occasionally Google will, of its own volition, decide to experiment with them and offer the result up to me under the “Assistant” tab. Here’s one such experiment from a few weeks ago, an automatically-generated panorama of Founders Hall:

Automatically Generated Panorama of Founder's Hall

The photos that Google’s AI robots used to create this pano are these two:

The first of the combined photos

Second of the two combined photos.

I remember back in the early days of panoramic photography, when Apple released the QuickTake camera and the Quicktime VR set of tools: making panoramic photos was a dark art that seldom produced satisfying results. Now the machines do it on their own.